From Representation to Participation: Inclusive Practices, Co-curating and the Voice of the Protagonists in some Italian Migration Museums

By Anna Chiara Cimoli.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Published online: May 2, 2014 $US5.00

A survey of the Italian contemporary situation shows a conflict between the well-rooted presence of migrants and the resistance of the museums on issues related to immigration.
The paper analyses some recent examples of Italian migration museums, describing the participation practices they adopt. It focuses on the negotiation fields and the participatory practices underlying in particular in three examples: the Galata-Museo del Mare e delle Migrazioni in Genoa, which in November 2011 inaugurated a section called MeM (Memory and Migrations), the Museo Narrante Nave della Sila in Calabria and the Migration Museum in Lampedusa.
What is the role of the migrants in these museums? How do they take part in the narration? Which museums have listened to their voices, and how? The thesis is that migration museums are still quite immature for what concerns participation and community involvement, but they could learn a great deal in particular from the anthropology and the contemporary art museums.

Keywords: Diversity,, Multilingualism,, Representation

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.111-121. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 577.198KB)).

Anna Chiara Cimoli

Researcher, Mela Project (European Museums in an Age of Migrations), Politecnico of Milan-DPA, Milan, Italy


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